Monday, April 28, 2008

Lacy Yoke Top

Ta Da!

Drops 95-9

Materials used:
382 yards (size XS) reclaimed cotton, #5 circular needle

Gauge: 15 st =4 inches

Worked in the round from the bottom up, virtually no finishing, only seaming is an 8 st seam under the arms.

I used different double decreases than the pattern called for, everything else follows the pattern as written.

Pros and Cons:
I love it. Very simple, quick and easy. The "lace" pattern is very easy to "see" what to do next and if everything is lining up correctly. I strongly suggest using a double decrease that has no lean to it. I actually used 3 different DD's cuz DD's are a PITA to work in the best of circumstances and when using 100% cotton that has no give they are a bitch. The DD's I'd suggest are: slip 2 knitwise, k1, p2sso (I think this works best in the lacy pattern it makes a nice center mid-line DD) and the other DD I used in the round near the neck edge that says *yo, k3tog* I used a ---k2tog, return stitch to left needle, pass next stitch over--- (I think it makes a nice centered decrease with two equally sloping sides) I think I should have gone a size up cuz of the cotton/non-stretch issue, but I'm OK with this, it's a top not a sweater.

A couple friends are planning to work this as a cardigan with 3/4 sleeves. We just got done talking about over the phone. After I hung up I had a nagging thought in the back of brain and I went hunting. Yup, sure enough, the wonderful people at Garnstudio have also worked this pattern up as a cardigan with 3/4 sleeves! Drops #95-8.


That about sums it up.

It is April 29th and it's been blizzard like almost all day. Great big fluffy clumps sometimes and itty bitty ice balls at other times. It's snowing hard. If the ground was frozen we'd be in BIG trouble.

And to think that I'm just getting pass the sunburn the I got a few days ago.


Photos are near impossible cuz the thermometer reads 39 every flake instantly melts, but I tried.

This is the best I could do and I was very wet when I returned to the house, so was the camera I was little worried about that. When I and the camera dry out, I'll consider going back out and taking a video. Please ignore the snags and holes on my sleeve. Yes, I'm a knitter and pretty good at repairs, but this is my comfort sweater. It carries the same mojo, and mystical powers as, say, a sport fanatic's lucky shirt/hat/socks. You don't mess with that kind of magic.

On the knitting front, the Lacy Yoke Top (Drops 95-9) is almost done. It will prob'ly be done later today. I'm loving it.